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New techniques, new work

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A few weeks ago I bought an expensive new machine - an embellisher. It speeds up dry needle felting enormously and opens up the range of fibres and fabrics that can be used. I'm pretty excited about it and have spent all my recent studio days making samples of different textures. There is also the possibility to draw on fabric with yarns.

Click on the photo above to visit my Flickr account and see a few more pictures of work in progress. I'll post more pictures of finished work as it emerges.

I'm looking forward to a workshop this Saturday, on stitched textiles at Leith School of Art - hoping to learn new techniques and a more considered approach to projects. I currently dive right in and end up with loads of ideas with no coherent plan. It's exciting and fun but very difficult to market the output. Sometimes I wish I didn't find quite so many things interesting!


  1. I know what you mean!

    Looks like a very exciting machine, and the course sounds good too. I should look into the courses they run down there, haven't been there for many years. Aaaarh! Too many things things to spend time doing.

    Anyway, I'm definitely up for discussing this book idea you have. Especially if it's maths actually - will explain why when I see you otherwise I'll be here all day :)


  2. Yes the course was interesting. We were given a fairly tight brief and I stuck to it. My work was totally different from anyone else's and from what I would have done without the instructions. I've stuck some photos of the end of day gallery on my flickr account if you want to have a look.

    See you soonish - Enjoy London.


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